Rams earn two No. 1 seeds for MWC Tourney
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Women's Tennis - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's season body of work has earned it several high seeds entering this weekend's Midwest Conference Women's Tennis Championships at Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison, Wis.

Action gets underway at 1 p.m. Saturday with three contested flights of doubles. Six singles titles will be up for grabs Sunday, when play resumes at 9 a.m.

Complete draws and more tournament information can be found at 2017 MWC Women's Tennis Championships.

Cornell's Julia Thome (SR/Crystal Lake, Ill.) is the defending MWC champion at No. 1 singles and seeks a fourth consecutive trip to the finals, which includes a 2014 title at No. 3 and a 2015 runner-up finish at No. 1.

Thome is seeded third in a competitive top singles bracket that features Grinnell's Milica Cvrkota (9-0) and Lake Forest's Julie Lord (8-1). Thome went 7-2 in MWC play with both losses coming against the aforementioned players.

Gabriella Ferro (SR/Kansas City, Mo.), a two-time singles finalist and the 2015 champion at No. 4, received the third seed in the No. 4 Flight. The program's career-record holder for singles wins (79), Ferro finished 5-2 against MWC foes this fall.

Raquel Ruiz (SO/Round Lake, Ill.) (6-1) at No. 3 and Janice Elkerton (JR/North Branch, Minn.) (3-1) at No. 6 both are seeded second in their respective singles draws. Katie Mintle (SR/Broomfield, Colo.) (5-2) is seeded third at the No. 4 position, Abbey Nelson (SO/Glen Ellyn, Ill.) (3-4) fourth at No. 2.

Coach Peter Dumas' Rams are positioned well in the doubles draws, led by the top-seeded tandem of Thome/Ruiz in the No. 1 Flight. Thome and Ruiz partnered for an 8-1 conference record, the lone loss coming 8-6 against Grinnell's third-seeded duo.

The Rams also hold the top seed at No. 3 doubles with Mintle and Elkerton, who went 6-1 in conference action. Cornell's No. 2 team of Nelson/Ferro (5-3) is seeded fourth.

Cornell has crowned at least one MWC singles champion each of the past three years. The Rams are after their first MWC doubles title since 1995.